My Home – The Hall and Stairs Final Reveal

At last it’s done. Decorating the hall and stairs of a three storey townhouse hasn’t been the easiest of projects but now I can reveal all. And the BF has been an absolute star. The top floor has such a high ceiling we had to hire scaffolding to get it painted. And did I choose a nice easy pale colour? Of course not. Then I chose wallpaper for the end walls that had a (how can I put it?) challenging pattern repeat. He never complained once. Well, maybe a bit. And before we scroll down, I’d just like to apologise in advance for the grainy photo’s. The colour scheme is deliberately moody. Great for atmosphere but not so great for nice clear shots. The space really comes into its own at night when the lamps are lit, but you’ll just have to take my word for that.

Hall and Stairs - The Final Reveal - moody paper, teal, metallics, black and white accessories

The Compromises – Every Room Has Them

I’ve probably explained before that the house is only four years old. Brand new when we moved in.  As we tick off each room and ban the magnolia, I’ve been gradually going darker and darker. Not a conscious decision. The house just seems to suit bolder colours at the darker end of the spectrum. It’s windows are on the small side, so it’s never going to be a light house anyway. I’m also designing the rooms with certain compromises because this is not our forever house, and I know that at some point we will be selling. So yes, I’m keeping the ceilings, paintwork and radiators white. Don’t want to put off potential buyers in the future do we? Also I am loath to tear up carpet that is still new, so it’s staying for now. But most decorating schemes are designed around compromises after all.

Hall and Stairs - The Final Reveal - moody paper, teal, metallics, black and white accessories

The Walls

I’ll admit I’ve changed my mind many times with this space. Paint? What colour? Paper? What design? And then I saw this Ava Marika wallpaper from Woodchip and Magnolia. It was love at first sight. And I wanted it to be where it would be noticed the most in a tall skinny space, so it’s on the end walls only. So now, every time I climb the stairs it’s right there in front of me. And every time I turn the corner and walk along the landing, there it is. The teal paint colour is from Valspar and is called Sultry Bay. I already had a sample of this shade squirreled away for future use and it perfectly picked out one of the colours in the paper. It was obviously meant to be.

Hall and Stairs - The Final Reveal - moody floral wallpaper

Something Old

The console tables I already had. I did a moodboard a while ago to show how you can make sure your old things will work with the new in a decorating scheme. The dark wood works perfectly here. One is just inside the front door in my postage-stamp sized hall and one is on the first floor landing which is a tad more spacious. They are both perfect for plants (real and faux), and a few other bits and bobs. Nothing I’ve used here was bought new. I also already had the large industrial looking star lamp and the bus-sign poster of places I’ve visited.

Hall and Stairs - The Final Reveal

Something New

The large metal window mirror on the landing was gifted by Mirror Deco and I absolutely love it. I was wondering how I was going to fill up that wall space and this is just perfect. The distressed metal frame echos the metal of the star light and picks up the black in other accessories. It also has the added advantage of reflecting back some of the natural light from the landing window and making this area at least, a little bit lighter. A smaller mirror would have been lost in this space but this one is just the correct size and scale.

Hall and Stairs - Final Reveal - black metal framed window mirror

Also new are the two black and white runners from Cox and Cox (also gifted) that now cover up the carpet along the landing. Just because I’m keeping the carpet for now doesn’t mean I’m that fond of it, and these introduce a nice geometric touch. They also pick up the black from elsewhere and are a welcome contrast to the floral wallpaper.

Hall and stairs reveal - black and white runners, floral wallpaper, teal paint

Another thing that has absolutely delighted me now that this is done, is the view you get through doorways. Never underestimate the borrowed view. I especially like the view from the living room out into the tiny hall. So much so, I have the Moroccan fairy lights on all the time. Did you see my recent post by the way about fairy lights? It’s also becoming a bit of a jungle out there. But no matter how small your space you should always make a good first impression. Don’t you think so?

Hall and stairs - the reveal

 

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18 Comments

  1. Reply

    Evija

    September 6, 2018

    Absolutely stunning.. I am looking for the perfect wallpaper for our downstairs loo and I have always loved the W&M Ava Marika.. I keep thinking should I save money and instead buy something else or splash out and get this beauty… Seeing it hanging so pretty on your walls make me want it even more now! 🙂

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      deardesigner

      September 7, 2018

      You should get it. If you compromise you will never be happy with the result. They have regular sales you know. 🙂

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    Juan Sandiego

    April 29, 2018

    That wallpaper is gorgeous. I love how you went for a dark scheme. Feels so rich and inviting.

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      deardesigner

      May 1, 2018

      Aww, thank you. Glad you like it. 🙂

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    Nicola

    March 19, 2018

    I love it Carol!

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      deardesigner

      March 20, 2018

      Aww, thanks Nicola x

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    Lucy

    March 14, 2018

    I love your colours. It looks fantastic.
    It looks really cosy but really smart at the same time. X

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      deardesigner

      March 15, 2018

      Aww, thanks Lucy. My work is done 🙂

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    Stacey Sheppard

    March 14, 2018

    Wow, this is breath taking Carole. First impressions really do count and there is no doubt that this hallway will make a great first impression.

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      deardesigner

      March 15, 2018

      Thanks Stacey. Really glad you like it 🙂

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    Karen

    March 14, 2018

    I truly truly love it! And what a fantastic case study to show people that you CAN go for those richer tones in tighter spaces like hallways – something I’m a bit advocate of. Great job lovely x

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      deardesigner

      March 14, 2018

      Thanks Karen. It can get a bit cave-like but I really don’t mind that. x

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    Kate Baxter

    March 14, 2018

    Not my usual style but I love this wallpaper and the way you’ve incorporated it within the scheme. Looks stunning hun! x

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      deardesigner

      March 14, 2018

      Aww, thank you Kate. It couldn’t be further from your style that’s true. xx

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    Susan Earlam

    March 14, 2018

    That wallpaper adds a real depth to the room. Almost a boudoir and luxe feel. There’s no way I’d have thought you lived in a new build with this amount of character you’ve created!

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      deardesigner

      March 14, 2018

      That’s good. I’ve been trying to conceal it’s a new-build since we moved in. xx

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    Kimberly Duran

    March 14, 2018

    Oh my goodness Carole!! It’s absolutely STUNNING. That wallpaper is just the most glorious choice (it reminds me of the Ellie Cashman ones I’ve been eyeing up for ages) and teamed with the teal… it’s breathtaking. You really are a force to contend with 😉 A triumph for sure! xxx

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      deardesigner

      March 14, 2018

      Aww, thank you honey. That means a lot. xx

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